Flora Kleen & Flora Shield

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by JohnnyPotSeed1969, Dec 8, 2008.


    JohnnyPotSeed1969 Well-Known Member

    Has anyone used General Hydroponics's Flora Kleen & Flora Shield? I'm getting ready to put in an order for more nutes (GH 3 part flora series) and was wondering whether these products are worth the extra expense. Both of them would probably be good to have in an emergency situation such as root rot or nutrient lock, but I'm not sure if I should pony out the extra cash. Thoughts, insight, experiences?


    potroast Uses the Rollitup profile Staff Member

    Flora Kleen is a flushing aid, like Clearex, and I use them regularly because I flood rockwool slabs, so they can get loaded up with salts. It depends on the medium you use if you need to flush and how often.

    Flora Shield is beneficial bacteria and other stuff and is very expensive. I would use enzymes before that stuff, or just use H2O2.

    HTH :mrgreen:
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    JohnnyPotSeed1969 Well-Known Member

    Can you recommend a product which will help stave off root-rot, other than H2O2? You mentioned enzymes, are you partial to any particular product? I'm using a bucket-based ebb and flow system, with my plants in rockwool cubes inside net pots which have hydroton. The only problem with the system is that there is around 2'' of standing water in the buckets, which could cause issues with pathogens and/or root rot, hence the plethora of questions. Any insight would be valued :mrgreen:

    Oh, and + rep for the help!


    Eharmony420 Well-Known Member

    hydroguard by botanicare contains active bacteria to do what h202 does. h202 will kill it though. SUpposed to work well. google it, it is like 5 clicks down the page.

    JohnnyPotSeed1969 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info, but their website says that the product is temporarily unavailable pending U.S. Dpt. of Agriculture re-approval lol


    potroast Uses the Rollitup profile Staff Member

    The best way to stop rot is keep your res temps down below 75F. If you are using chemical nutes, then H2O2 is the cheapest. Enzymes are used with organic nutrients, I use House&Garden Multi-Zyme and Bud XL, but I don't use them for root rot.

    HTH :mrgreen:

    j420man Member

    I know this is an old thread but thought i should add my 2 cents and save people the trouble i had. Flora shield sucks i used it once at the recommended dose it killed my plants in 10 hours 8(Don't use it unless your doing organic hydro 8( As for things to combat root rot there is nothing better than food grade peroxide.I should tell you if you have root rot there really is no way to get rid of it not even peroxide will kill it , But it will stop it from progressing and allow you to finish up with a loss in yield 8( It's best to use peroxide at all times if you add 3-5 ml of 35% peroxide every 3-5 days you will not get root rot .But you have to use it as a preventative not a cure . if you use it all the time you will not get root rot when your rez temps get high or if a few dead leaves get in your rez ect. iv'e seen all other methods fail except that one airstones help but dissolving the peroxide strait into the water gives a higher level of oxygen. so by some food grade h2o2 and simply don't worry about it anymore thats what ive been doing for years 8)

    Afrogrow Well-Known Member

    Aquashield or hygrozyme they both work well

    Jerseykushface Well-Known Member

    Im running heavy 16 with plus-c (benny) what else am i missing? First time hydro n need to cover everything.

    hybridcheef Active Member

    dude you gotta get botanicare hydrogaurd or the h202 32 percent and also use compost tea's weekly either one of those will give you good results but i like using teas with microbes. and h202. ill run h202 till it kill everything on the roots. make a new res batch and innoculate with some myco endo and ecto.
    Budley Doright

    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    So here's my experience with one of my runs last year (yup old thread lol). I decided to run spray nozzles in my trays instead of flood and drain, thinking more air, less issues... nope lol. Second week of lights on the rot hit and hit hard, one plants had it so bad it had one brown root strand left. I threw some 35% at it at, forget the ratio but it was probably .25-35 ml per litre, didn't touch it, added bleach at about the same mixture, the bleach helped turn the roots white but they were still struggling so I tried hydroguard, I did also start chilling the water so it may not have been the guard but my roots recovered, the plants recovered, by the end of the grow I had a root mat 4-5" thick covering my tray. Yup, can't buy it here, Not approved for sale in Canada, I honestly believe it's the best thing I have ever used for root health, trying to find a replacement so open to suggestions as well.

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